File this one under “desperate times, desperate measures.”
The Democrats are so lost in the search for a political star to take on President Donald Trump in 2020 they’re resurrecting an unlikely trio of has-beens: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden.
With Trump economy surging, Dems are struggling — and failing — to come up with a message and a candidate to embody it.
Party and media darlings like Elizabeth Warren, Kamila Harris, Cory Booker, and Beto O’Rourke, have all but removed themselves from contention with embarrassing political gaffes recently.
As a result, new rumblings have emerged about presidential reruns by Clinton, Sanders, and Biden, who first campaigned for the White House in — would you believe it? — 1988!
Talk about desperate. It’s almost like the Democrats are taking their cue from the producers of “The Walking Dead.”
Clinton has led the pack of Dem-zombie wannabes who are glad-handing party loyalists.
The twice-rejected presidential nominee stoked speculation that she’s planning a 2020 run by telling a New York City audience, “I’d like to be president,” in an interview last month with Kara Swisher.
Days later, long-time Clinton advisor Mark Penn disclosed that the 71-year-old former first lady and secretary of state is indeed readying a “Hillary 4.0” campaign against Trump, who trounced her in 2016.
“You can expect her to run for president once again,” said Penn, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed co-authored by former New York politico Andrew Stein. “[She] will not allow this humiliating loss at the hands of an amateur to end the story of her career.”
The response from Camp Trump was swift and pointed.
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, retweeted the WSJ piece, adding: “Dear God, please, yes.”
Since then, Biden and Sanders have also encouraged rumors that they’re planning to go at it again.
Last week, Joe Biden sounded like he was already gunning for Trump in a speech to a Burlington, Vt., crowd. He told the gathering that the GOP is “not your father’s Republican Party” and derided what he called Trump’s “naked nationalism” and “phony populism.”
Uncle Joe — who would celebrate his 80th birthday in office, if elected in 2020 — was speaking in Sanders’ home state to promote his curiously titled book “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.”
Meanwhile, Sanders — who is a year older than Biden — is also preparing his supporters to feel the Bern again.
A group calling itself Organizing for Bernie launched an effort this month to draft the independent Vermont senator to run again…as if he’d need his arm twisted.
Little wonder that even Bruce Springsteen, a fundraiser for Clinton in 2016, acknowledged the Democrats are in serious trouble.
“I don’t see anyone out there at the moment … the man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump,” he told The Times.
Miranda Khan, a conservative political commentator and former television anchor with right-leaning Newsmax TV, said the “Born to Run” singer-songwriter’s remarks make clear why Dems are so desperate to find someone — anyone — who can generate even a little enthusiasm.
Why else would they be resurrecting the Democratic old guard of career politicians — most notably Clinton?
“If the past has taught us anything, it’s that the American people don’t want a President Hillary Clinton,” Khan told Freedom Wire. She added that a 2020 Clinton run would “seal the deal for Trump” — or pretty much any other Republican candidate, for that matter.
JD Hayworth, former Arizona congressman and conservative commentator, agreed. He went so far as to suggest that Clinton’s potential campaign is already generating a buzz of wildly enthusiastic support.
From the GOP.
“GOP operatives, office holders, and activists would all love it if Hillary were to run again,” said Hayworth. “The Donald would defeat [her] with greater ease in 2020 than he did in 2016. BUT…were she to run again, it’s unclear if she could even capture the Democratic nomination.”
The truth is that the Democrats aren’t merely lacking a charismatic candidate to lead the party, but a message that connects with average Americans and business owners — the core of Trump’s continuing support.
“President Trump is hardly the common man,” Khan observed. “Yet somehow he knows how to talk to people in a way they can [relate to]. If Democrats are to succeed, they need someone who has the ability to do the same. The party against Trump didn’t work in 2016, and it won’t work in 2020.”
Maybe Democratic National Committee Chairman Thomas Edward Perez should start working the phones to broaden his search for a 2020 contender.
Perhaps old Mike Dukakis would be willing to get back in that tank or Al Gore would give up his global-warming tour of nations?
The Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Decode Recode contributed material to this report.